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eDiningNews is an online marketing, media and technology company that helps professional chefs and independent restaurants increase customer loyalty and revenue. The Company produces the award-winning cable and web series "Cooking with Color 4 Kids."

The Team

Kristen Hess - Host and David Hillman - Producer
David Hillman - Founder/Owner of eDiningNews with Kristen Hess Founding Host of Cooking with Color 4 Kids accepting the Brooklyn Free Speech B Free Award B Healthy: Outstanding Program Feature/Segment 

David Hillman, Founder and Owner of eDiningNews has over 30 years of online marketing, multimedia production and sales management experience for leading-edge media, publishing and technology companies and has been involved in the marriage of food and technology throughout his entire career.


He began his career with the American Broadcasting Company in New York as a Researcher-Writer in the Network News Division and at Sony Corporation worked with Carl Sontheimer the Founder of Cuisinart to develop the Cuisinart Video Classroom. The interactive kiosk used laserdisc technology to showcase their products in high-end retail stores.
David was co-owner of the first video cafe in New York, appropriately called Cafe Video and managed the production of Execusource, a CD-ROM disk for Nation's Restaurant News. 
He has managed the design, development and delivery of numerous corporate websites and e-mail newsletters.

David was instrumental in forming a strategic alliance for eDining, David’s previous company with SYSCO Food Services of Connecticut and was a participant in the SYSCO iCare program to assist restaurants in the northeastern U.S. with online marketing.

David is currently a member of the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

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Emma Sloan - Host
Cooking with Color 4 Kids
Kristen Hess - Founding Host,
Cooking with Color 4 Kids
Chef Shermika Lyons - Resident Chef

Host, Emma Sloan 

Meet Emma Sloan, the new host of Cooking with Color 4 Kids. Emma’s heart lies with her community. She best expresses this with the work she does in the non-profit sector. The two non-profits that she holds dearest to her heart are those she is most active in: Nourished From Nature and the Moose Lodge.


The underlying theme of Emma’s passion for service is focused on the psychological and physical health of the next generation. The Moose provides children with an education and boarding from abusive home-lives while NFN is educating the youth on healthy food in underserved counties in South Florida.


It was a natural transition for this service-minded Karaoke Host to become the Host of a program supporting the health of today’s youth.


In her life outside of her non-profit work and Cooking with Color Hosting duties, Emma works as a freelance data-informed marketing consultant, SEO copywriter, singer-songwriter, artist, poet, and Karaoke DJ.

Founding Host, Kristen Hess. is a New York Food Stylist, Photographer, Food Writer, Recipe Developer, Blogger/Influencer and Author of The Artful Gourmet. She has over 12+ years extensive experience food styling and photographing food and creating unique content for social media, advertising, print, TV, video and PR campaigns.
Kristen is competent in photographing high quality images, food styling and props/set design for commercial photo shoots and video shoots and experienced with different types of photography including food and beverage, products, still life, tabletop, portraits, travel, restaurants, events and lifestyle. She also offers sponsored blog posts and stories, recipes and articles for food and beverage brands, restaurants + hospitality brands and is also available as an actor and host for on-camera talent, food and cooking demos, social, live and recorded TV / film and video shoots. 

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Resident Chef Shermika Lyons known to all her students as "Chef Mika" is a native Floridian from Miami. Chef Mika enjoys cooking and teaching so much that she left behind an education in law to pursue her love and passion of cooking.  Chef Mika graduated from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management.  She enjoys preparing all types of cuisines from Floribbean to European and invites her students to discover their “inner chef” when cooking and baking any delicious creation.  Chef Mika is the owner and executive chef of Chef Mika’s, LLC; a full-service catering company. She is also a certified Chef with the American Culinary Federation and is an active Board Member and Past President of the Broward Fort Lauderdale Chapter.

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Dr. Tara Saltzman Educational Consultant and Member of the Advisory Board of eDiningNews is an accomplished entrepreneur, educator, and personal development expert. Dr. Saltzman earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Miami, a Masters in Education (with honors) from Lynn University, and a Ph.D. in Global Leadership with an Educational Perspective, also from Lynn University. 


She has created highly successful programs in both educational and business arenas, implementing complex business solutions while cultivating key collaborative and strategic strategic partnerships with businesses, corporations, foundations, schools and school districts. 

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Dr. Tara  Saltzman - Educational Consultant
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